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VIZIO M43-C1 43
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Korean 4K monitors are a better choice for PC gamers. 09/18/2015

This review is from: VIZIO M43-C1 43" Class 4K Ultra HD 120Hz Smart LED TV

Pros: - Great upscaling for 720 and 1080 content.
- 120Hz at 1080 for gaming.
- Colors are good out of the box, but not perfect.
- Plenty of options in menu for color calibration.
- Decent speakers for TV and gaming.
- Supports RGB, Chroma 4:4:4, & Chroma 4:2:2, but limited by resolution and refresh rate.

Cons: - Using direct cable hook up, 480 content looks horrible.
- 4K 60Hz is only supported in Chroma 4:2:2.
- Limited refresh rates and color formats.
- No option to disconnect wireless connectivity in menu.
- Chroma 4:4:4 does not pass the 4:4:4 test pictures.
- Custom resolutions only run at 30Hz.
- Using as a monitor, text only looks good in RGB or 4:4:4 which limits you to 30Hz.

Other Thoughts: All said and done, this is a great TV if you are subscribed to HD cable. Unfortunately, most of my channels are still at 480i which look horrible. This unit is fine for gaming if your not sensitive to a little ghosting. Response time is somewhere between 18 and 25ms. So lag is not an issue when "Game Low Latency" is enabled. If this TV would at least support 4K and custom resolutions at 60Hz in RGB color mode, I'd be happy with it. One last note, the firmware needs updated out of the box which requires it to be connected to the internet. If your not planning on using the SMART functions. Make sure you allow it to update and then reset it before doing any color calibration. The only way to disconnect it from WiFi is to reset the TV or change your password on your router.

ASUS Radeon R9 290 DirectX 11.2 R9290-DC2OC-4GD5 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support DirectCU II OC Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - Build Quality.
- Appearance.
- Noise level.
- Single card temps.
- Single card scrypt mining 870 kh/s.

Cons: - Higher VRM temps than stock cards.
- Temp issues when using multiple cards.
- Card droop.
- Can't mine scrypt at max settings when using more than
one card.

Other Thoughts: Okay, I got two of these to use in my gaming rig for a cfx config for 7680x1440. I figured I’d use them for mining too when I wasn’t gaming. I’ve spent about a week testing each card individually and together. It took over a month to get these, so being impatient, I picked up an OEM R9 290X (couldn’t find any 290’s). Compared to the OEM 290X these cards are a lot cooler and quieter. However, I will admit the OEM coolers are not as bad as everyone says they are. The main issue is how they have the fan profile set up.

But back to these cards, the build quality is excellent and the cards look gorgeous. Single card performance and temps are just like everyone else says. Usually in the mid to high 70’s (Celsius) with the fans being very quiet. As for mining scrypt, both cards maxed out at around 870 kh/s individually. Both my cards seemed to like these setting the best; “--thread-concurrency 31000 -I 20 -w 256 -v 2 -g 1 --gpu-engine 966 --gpu-fan 75 --gpu-memclock 1500 --temp-cutoff 95”. This is with Windows 8.1 and cgminer 3.7.2.

But as soon as you put two of these in the same rig everything changes. Temps while gaming shoot up into the 80’s and 90’s for both cards. VRM temps went up even higher, getting close to 100c. My gpu temps ranged from 85 to 93c with CFX enabled. And the VRM temps ranged from 86 to 98c. On a good note, I will say, these temps didn’t cause any throttling. But the VRM temps are a fair amount higher than on the OEM 290X. The 290X is mining at full force sandwiched up against a 7850 in a mid-tower case. And the GPU temp is 74c with the VRM temps being 55c and 66c. Fan speed is set at 75%. Sounds like a hair dryer, lol.

These high VRM temps killed any possibility of me being able to run both cards at max settings for mining. VRM temps would quickly go above 110c. Even though I never had any problems running SLI configs in it before. I thought it might be my case. It’s a full tower case with six noctua fans in it. And since these cards do tend to droop a little. Which I was a little uncomfortable with. I decided to go shopping for another case.

I ended up getting the Cooler Master XB EVO. It’s a cube case that doubles as a test bench. I’ve got to say I love the case. And I don’t have to worry about card droop anymore. Unfortunately, even as a test bench; with the side panels and top off, there’s no improvement in cooling. I ended up having to down clock my cards for mining. I settled at 700 kh/s per card giving me temps in the 70’s for the gpu’s and 80’s for the VRM’s. Also, I forgot to mention my motherboard is 3-way sli/cfx compatible. So there’s actually two empty slots open between the cards.

I will admit I don’t have an actual mining rig set up. With a complete open frame and risers to lift the cards off the motherboard. The temps might not be an issue. But for use in a gaming pc I would have to knock off one star for a single card because of the higher VRM temp. And in a CFX setup I’d knock off two stars.

EVGA w/ ACX Cooling 02G-P4-2773-KR GeForce GTX 770 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Great card! But NO COUPON for the Shield 10/31/2013

This review is from: EVGA w/ ACX Cooling 02G-P4-2773-KR GeForce GTX 770 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card

- Very fast card.
- Runs cool and quiet.
- nVidia Holiday Bundle Games.

Cons: - Not as sexy as the stock cooler, but not cheap looking either.
- Newegg is not including the coupons for NVIDIA Shield.

Other Thoughts: With the price drop and the included games this is a great time to pick up this card. However, if your buying this card because you want to get a NVIDIA Shield, you might be disappointed. I was looking forward to getting a NVIDIA Shield next pay day. But Newegg did not include the $100 coupon.


Clifford M.'s Profile

Display Name: Clifford M.

Date Joined: 12/02/05

  • Reviews: 7
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  • First Review: 12/04/12
  • Last Review: 09/18/15
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